Mother Daughter Team Graduates

“We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to study together at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology. This adventure began as a long-awaited desire by mom and a fresh surge of interest by daughter. We tackled every challenge with a sense of independent accomplishment as well as sharing moments of combined celebrations, such as our “Summer Goddess Competition” win. Through perseverance during some of life’s surprises, such as a big move, a surgery for mom, and other unplanned events we remained focused and flexible having graduated about a month apart, both so proud of one another and excited for what the future holds. We left with many unforgettable moments, some of which were equally as character building as they were industry eye opening. What a beautiful journey it’s been!”

-Audrie and Chloe Metoyer


Ms. Hillary Stone took a few minutes to chat with us about her Cosmetology career and how she started on her exciting teaching journey. She is an important part of our Cosmetology Program and we are so lucky to have her!  Ms. Hillary moved to North County San Diego, all the way from Florida because her dream was to teach in a beauty school in Southern California. Check out the interview below to learn more about this wonderful teacher.

PIC: What license do you have, and how long have you been licensed?

Ms. Hillary: I have a Cosmetology License and I have been licensed for a little over 15 years.

PIC: How and why did you choose a career in the beauty industry?

Ms. Hillary: This career chose me! I wanted to make people look completely different for theatrical reasons. I have always been interested in movies and theater looks so I decided to make it my career!

PIC: What was your beauty school experience like?

Ms. Hillary: Beauty school was one of the hardest things I ever did, but clearly the best thing I ever did. I grew so much as a person in such a short amount of time, it was unbelievable.

PIC: What subject was hard for you in beauty school?

Ms. Hillary: Haircutting was my biggest challenge because it was just completely logical, and I wasn’t. Now I absolutely love cutting hair. Once it clicked, I felt like I could conquer the world!

PIC: Can you tell me more about your beauty school experience. Did you ever make a mistake on a client?

Ms. Hillary: I didn’t make a mistake on a client until after I graduated! I always had teachers there to guide me and help me. School was my safe zone.

PIC: Tell me about a teacher who has inspired you.

Ms. Hillary: As a teacher, I’ve worked with tons of teachers. My colleagues have all been inspirational in their own way, but one, in particular, was such an inspiration. He built an entirely new career dedicated to teaching and guiding students nationally.

PIC: Tell me about your professional journey after beauty school and before you started teaching?

Ms. Hillary: Before I became a teacher, I was a hairdresser in Florida at Walt Disney World. I helped princesses play dress up all day. I was a wig stylist and makeup artist for characters and it was a blast!

PIC: What inspired you to teach?

Ms. Hillary: I’ve always loved education, I just wanted to be part of it. I love passing along my training to future hairdressers to keep the industry going.

PIC: What classes do you teach at PIC?

Ms. Hillary: I teach MainTheory, Clinic Floor, and the Master Stylist Classes.

PIC: Tell me about your teaching style. What are your classes like?

Ms. Hillary: My classes are very interactive. I do a part lecture and part class participation. I’m very understanding of different learning types so I’ve altered my teaching style to accommodate all types of learners.

PIC: Have you watched students come through this school and be successful?

Hillary: I’ve had hundreds of students at this point. It is awesome to watch them grow as hair dressers and professionals.

PIC: Tell me more about success. What is your definition of success in the beauty industry?

Ms. Hillary: Success in the beauty industry means living comfortably and having a perfect work/life balance.

PIC: What is your number one piece of advice for someone considering going to beauty school?

Ms. Hillary: Go all-in with 100% understanding that you will grow so much!

PIC: What type of advanced classes do you attend to keep up with the beauty industry trends?

Ms. Hillary: I love taking classes on barber skills.

PIC: Do you ever have students that struggle to learn a new technique?

Ms. Hillary: Absolutely! The struggle is half the battle. The light is the goal. Once I see the struggle disappear and the light turn on, I know I’ve done my job.

PIC: When you work on the clinic floor, what do you do when one of your students makes a mistake on a client?

Ms. Hillary: Personally, I try to fix what I can. The client usually never knows and the student learns more from the mistake than they do when they do a perfect client. It is usually a win-win for everyone.

PIC: Tell us a little bit about what you do outside of school. What are your favorite things to do during your time off?

Ms. Hillary: Haha I try to sleep on my time off.

PIC: Where would you go on your dream vacation?

Ms. Hillary: Italy!

PIC: If you could only take one beauty product on that vacation, what would it be?

Ms. Hillary: Eyebrow Pomade

PIC: What is one thing about you that most students probably do not know?

Ms. Hillary: I am a very introverted person.

PIC: Thank you, Ms. Hillary, for everything you do and for being an inspiration to our students! It was a pleasure getting to know you more.

Do you want to know more about our instructors? Do you have questions for them? Come meet them! Call today to schedule a tour of our school and meet some of our talented staff and instructors. Call 760-744-7900. Select Option 5. 

Vintage Hollywood Runway Competition

The results from the competition were amazing, here are some photos:


Color matching your eyes

Some have said our eyes are the window to our soul. In makeup we say our eyes are the point of focus in makeup design. Eye makeup accentuates, contours and allows the eyes to stand out. Depending on your eye color there are specific colors that will enhance your eyes.

Blue eyed beauties

Orange on the color wheel is a complementary color to blue.  Because orange contains elements of yellow and red, makeup shadow with these colors will enhance the blue in your eyes. So you want to choose gold, warm orange-browns like peach and copper, red-browns like mauves and plum, and neutrals like taupe or camel. These are the best colors to complement your gorgeous blue eyes.

Green eyed goddesses

Red is a complementary color to green on the color wheel. We obviously don’t want to put red eye shadow on our eyes as they will look blood shoot and tired. You do however want to choose colors that are brown–based reds or other colors close to red on the color wheel. Colors like cooper, rust and violet.

Brown eyed girls

Let your colors run wild with this eye color. Because brown is a neutral color your eyes become a palate for any eye shadow.

5 Common Winter Beauty Concerns

Dry and flaky skin.

This skin condition is very common. As the weather begins to become dry so does our skin. When our skin is dry it can become flaky. There are two things you can do right away to help your skin if this happens. First, you need to exfoliate. Do this after you have cleansed your skin. Use a mild exfoliant. We love the Brightening Exfoliating Powder from Image Skin Care. It combines a protein enriched coconut powder with a pumpkin enzyme. The enzyme will slough off the dead skin, while the coconut milk powder exfoliates and strengthens your skin with protein peptides. After you exfoliate it is very important to hydrate your skin. When you hydrate after the exfoliation step, your skin will better absorb the product. Try to find a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its weight in water. What that means for your skin is better hydration. When your skin is hydrated it will look healthy, glowing and supple. Also, when your skin is hydrated your fine lines and wrinkles will appear less visible. Don’t we love that!

Red or ruddy skin.

Dry and windy weather can leave your skin looking pink, red or flushed. If you are noticing this, you will want to use a serum with vitamin E. Serums can be priced on the higher side, but that’s because they are a very concentrated product. A little goes a long way and they can have some great results. Vitamin E is a wonderful antioxidant that is very healing. If your skin is red and irritated from the weather, the vitamin E will start to heal you skin. Also, you can add an essential oil like lavender into your serum as well. Lavender can be very calming to your skin. Depending on the brand you get they can be very strong. So like your serums, a little goes a long way.

Dark circles under your eyes.

Winter time can be a very busy and stressful time. When we are busy and stressed out we can have trouble sleeping. Sleep is very important to your skin. When we lack sleep we can quickly begin to see dark circles under our eyes. Dark circles can be alleviated by using an eye cream with vitamin K. Lack of sleep tends to cause the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eyes to dilate, creating a dark color. Vitamin K helps increase blood circulation and reduce the dark color.

Dry hair.

If dry winter weather can dry out your skin, it can do the same to your hair. Dry weather can pull the moisture out of your hair. During the cold winter season make sure you’re using a very hydrating deep conditioner or hair mask. Don’t vigorously shampoo your hair. The friction movement can rough up your cuticles and leave your hair dry and frizzy. After washing gently, follow up with a moisturizing hair mask. You can also use an oil therapy on your locks post conditioner. Put it on damp hair and leave it in. It’s important not to forget to give your tresses a little TLC in the winter.

Dry hands and nails

Dry hands and nails are a common concern that we hear from our manicurist clients. There are some quick and easy things you can do to alleviate this problem. Our hands are always on display, so we want to make sure we take care of them. First and foremost, invest in a high quality cuticle oil. Our cuticles take a big hit in the colder season. A cuticle oil can be used daily. Use a moisture rich hand cream during the day, to keep them soft and hydrated. If you are out in the mornings make sure to wear warm gloves to hold heat in. This will keep your blood circulating and your hands warm.



Why pumpkin is a popular beauty ingredient

As fall sets into the air all things pumpkin start to surround us. We all love pumpkin. The way it smells, the color, the way it taste in our lattes. Did you know it is also a amazing and well loved beauty ingredient. Here’s why!

Pumpkin is packed full of vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals are essential in healthy hair and skin. Pumpkin contains vitamins A,B,C and E. Which have amazing antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. Pumpkin brightens, tightens and exfoliates the skin.

Pumpkin is a great ingredient to be used to restore, add shine and moisturize our hair too!

Next time your carving that fun holiday pumpkin or cooking a pumpkin dish save that pumpkin for your skin and hair.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for you to try at home. This can be used as a hair mask or facial mask. Enjoy and happy fall from PIC!


1 cup pumpkin (fresh or canned)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

mix together and add all over hair or skin for a healthy glow